A campaign is being launched to fund a new two million pound 'Home from Home' at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.
The accommodation will benefit families of children who are being treated at the hospital's specialist heart unit.
The funding drive is being launched in partnership by the Sick Children's Trust and the Children's Heart Unit fund.
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